It is listed as one of the "inalienable rights" of man. Is happiness our right? If you are pursuing happiness, where is it found? Many think that happiness is found in pleasure, money, fame or glory. However, some have found these things do not produce happiness at all.
Happiness is not found in pleasure. W. C. Fields an atheist and partaker of many earthly pleasures was found on his deathbed, Christmas morning, reading a Bible. His earthly "pleasures" had finally destroyed his body. When asked why he was engaged in such a pursuit quickly replied, "Looking for loopholes.looking for loopholes".
Happiness is not found in money.Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying, he said, "I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth."
Happiness is not found in position and fame. Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote, "Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, and old age a regret."
Happiness is not found in glory. Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent because, he said, "There are no more worlds to conquer".
It has been noted that the three keys to happiness are as follows:
First, fret not.He loves you.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Second, faint not.He holds you.
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. Pslams 139:10
Third, fear not.He keeps you.
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. Psalms 121:5
To be blessed is to be happy. To be happy is to rejoice. As already seen, the Bible has much to say about happiness. If happiness is to be pursued, where else does the Bible say happiness is found?
First, scripture states that happiness is doing the will of GOD. Who would ever think obedience is happiness?